The Sycamore School integrates academic development, social emotional development and civic engagement. Our curriculum encompasses elements of the following evidence-based educational models:

  • Framework for 21st Century Learning
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • CASEL & Mindful Schools
Framework for 21st Century Learning

The term "21st-century skills" is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today's world. (2010, Elizabeth Rich, Education Week)

Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed to help educators integrate 21st Century Skills into key academic subjects. This Framework describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise and literacies. …Within the context of key knowledge instruction, students must also learn the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. (Partnership for 21st Century Learning)

6 Key Elements of 21st Century Learning:

  • Emphasize core subjects – such as language arts, math, science, history, arts, economics, world languages, geography, government and civics
  • Emphasize learning skills – such as information & communication skills, thinking & problem-solving skills, interpersonal & self-directional skills
  • Use 21st Century Tools to develop learning skills – being able to effectively use technology to learn
  • Teach and learn in a 21st Century context – learning needs to happen in and outside the classroom; students learn academic content through real-world examples, applications, and experiences both inside and outside school
  • Teach and learn 21st Century content – weave the following themes into core subjects: Global Awareness; Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy, Civic Literacy, Health Literacy, and Environmental Literacy
  • Use 21st century assessments that measure 21st century learning skills – use a variety of formal and informal assessments to capture progress and proficiencies 21st Century Student Outcomes – the knowledge, skills and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st Century.

To learn more about the Framework for 21 st Century Learning, go to www.P21.org

Common Core State Standards
Universal Design for Learning
CASEL & Mindful Schools